Failure to check blind spot causes collision, torn-off bumper

ST. GEORGE — A driver reportedly failed to check her blind spot before making a U-turn, causing a collision on Fort Pierce Drive North Friday afternoon.

A car sustains heavy damage after a collision on Fort Pierce Drive North, St. George, Utah, Oct. 21, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News
A Nissan Juke sustains heavy damage after a collision on Fort Pierce Drive North, St. George, Utah, Oct. 21, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

St. George Police responded to the incident at approximately 3:45 p.m. near the intersection of South 1400 East and Fort Pierce Drive North.

A woman driving a red Nissan Juke and a man driving a silver Toyota 4Runner with small children riding in the back seat were both eastbound on Fort Pierce Drive, St. George Police Officer David McDaniel said.

The driver of the Nissan pulled over to make a U-turn at a curve in the road. Upon attempting the U-turn, McDaniel said, the driver failed to check her blind spot and turned, colliding with the Toyota.

Children are examined for injuries after a collision on Fort Pierce Drive North, St. George, Utah, Oct. 21, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News
Paramedics examine children for injuries after a collision on Fort Pierce Drive North, St. George, Utah, Oct. 21, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

A Gold Cross ambulance responded out of precaution to ensure the well-being of the children in the SUV. They were examined and cleared. None of the adults involved reported injuries.

The driver of the Nissan received a citation for improper left turn.

The front end of the car was badly damaged, including a torn-off bumper cover and detached bumper. It was inoperable and was towed away.

The SUV sustained some minor damage on its rear end, including a flattened tire.

“Whenever you’re making a U-turn, I always advise to look into your mirror and then look over your shoulder because cars have a pretty big blind spot, especially on a curve,” McDaniel said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or first responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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3 Comments

  • .... October 22, 2016 at 9:45 am

    This could of been so much worse and I’m glad no one was hurt. drivers should always be courteous and aware of their surroundings,

    Incidents like this are very traumatic 2 young children but no one was hurt and we’re able to be home with their loved ones. Praise the Lord !

    • Real Life October 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Wow, how profound.

      • .... October 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm

        I feel it’s essential for you to seek mental hygiene so you can do something about your personality disorder and anger issues. ..my prayers are with you. Praise the Lord

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